Measuring the Information Society 2012

The United Nations Family of Organizations constructs several widely cited benchmarks to measure and track societal areas of interest worldwide.  Some of these include the UNDPs Human Development Index (HDI) and Gender Inequality Index, as well as several others such as  the World Bank’s Ease of Doing Business Index and the FAO’s Food Price Index.

The International Telecommunication Union (ITU) has created two “global information indices” to monitor information society developments worldwide:  the ICT Development Index (IDI) ranks 155 countries’ performance with regard to information and communication technology, and the ICT Price Basket (IPB) tracks and compares the cost and affordability of ICT services.  Both the IDI and the IPB are powerful measures for explaining differences among countries and within regions for ICT development.  See the 2012 Measuring the Information Society for more information.

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